What is Open Knowledge?

Open knowledge is a comprehensive concept that involves sharing knowledge in all its forms – from genes to geodata, from literature to programming code – so that it can be freely used, modified and shared by anyone. This idea, based on the [Open Definition](http://opendefinition.org/), provides an opportunity for positive transformation within our information society, where old hierarchies are replaced by agile, diverse, networked and experimental progress and cooperation.

What is Open Data?

Open data is data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone – subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and sharealike. More details at [okfn.org/opendata](https://okfn.org/opendata).

What is the Open Knowledge Foundation?

The Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF) is a non-profit organisation founded in 2004 and dedicated to promoting open data and open content in all their forms – including government data, publicly funded research and public domain cultural content. It is an international leader in its field and has extensive experience in building tools and community around open material. More information at [okfn.org](http://www.okfn.org).

What other events has the Open Knowledge Foundation organised in the past?

OKCon 2013 is the latest in an annual series run since 2005. To give you an idea of what we like to make happen, please have a look at the programme of [OKFestival 2012](http://okfestival.org/) and [OKCon 2011](https://2011.okcon.org/).

Will there be other events in town during the Conference week?

Yes, we are planning satellite workshops on Monday 16th September and Thursday 19th September. Please consider this when booking your travel!

Is there a Call for Proposals I can join?

You are invited to submit talk, workshop and satellite event proposals for OKCon 2013 following [these instructions](https://okcon.org/call-for-proposals/). The OKCon Call for Proposals closes on 31st May.

I would like to offer my support as a volunteer. How can I apply?

We are looking for highly motivated volunteers willing to join us to make OKCon 2013 a fantastic and invaluable experience. You can submit your proposal by filling out [this form](https://okcon.org/call-for-volunteers/) by 26th May, 23:59:59 GMT.

Tips or support for travel and accommodation?

We are planning to provide a travel bursary programme, and details of recommended hotels and hostels with good connections to the OKCon venue will be announced in the coming weeks. The [Info –> Travel and Accommodation page](https://okcon.org/travel-and-accommodation/) will provide updated information.

What is happening with OKFestival?

Last year our annual Open Knowledge Conference expanded into the inaugural [Open Knowledge Festival (OKFestival)](http://okfestival.org/) which took place in Helsinki in September. This was a great event with a broad structure and festival atmosphere, and we look forward to future Open Knowledge Festivals. With their expanded format we’ll likely be running these in alternate years, giving plenty of time to plan and bring the community together.